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  • Michael Volikas

    Michael Volikas
    Joint Managing Partner, London

    Maritime

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
    M. +44 751 519 6691
    D. +44 207 551 8272
    michaelvolikas@incegd.com

Michael is the Joint Managing Partner of the firm's London office and a shipping lawyer specialising in resolving commercial disputes on behalf of those in the shipping sector, both in court and through arbitration.

Michael works on both wet and dry shipping cases, with a strong focus on dispute resolution. He has specialist expertise in charterparties and bills of lading; sale and purchase agreements; and shipbuilding and refund guarantees. He has acted in cases that have reached the House of Lords, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, as well as in the European Court of Human Rights.

"MICHAEL VOLIKAS IS A HIGHLY REGARDED SHIPPING LITIGATOR WHO ROUTINELY ACTS FOR CLIENTS IN COMMERCIAL DISPUTES. HE HAS EXPERTISE IN CHARTER PARTY MATTERS, BILLS OF LADING, PERSONAL INJURY AND COLLISION CLAIMS. MARKET INSIDERS CALL HIM "RESPECTED AND WELL CONNECTED" IN THE SHIPPING MARKET.’CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS UK 2019 
"VERY EFFICIENT" AND "AN OUTSTANDING LAWYER" Chambers and Partners UK 2016
"HE IS 'A VERY SAFE PAIR OF HANDS,' SAY SOURCES, INCLUDING IN CHARTER PARTY DISPUTES. SOURCES LAUD HIS 'PRACTICAL, COMMERCIAL UNDERSTANDING."’Chambers and Partners UK 2014

Michael forms part of our international emergency response team and advises on shipping casualties, with particular expertise in pollution and oil leakage risks and issues centred on unsafe port claims.

Clients
Shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters

Recent cases
  • The Prestige: high profile casualty off the coast of Spain.
  • The Kos: this Supreme Court case made a significant ruling on the rights of remuneration of the owners of a time-chartered ship after the ship has been lawfully withdrawn for non-payment of hire. 
  • Astipalaia collision with Hanjin Shenzhen: this judgment confirms that an owner can claim damages not just for the immediate loss of use of the vessel during the period of repairs but also for further knock-on effects to the vessel’s ability to return to normal trading.


Expertise:
Maritime

Qualified:
1991

Education (University):
London School of Economics

Languages:
Conversational Greek and Norwegian